Judge orders Google to turn year of Jussie Smollett's emails, data over to special prosecutor

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 9th, 2020 2:05 pm

Last Updated Jan 9th, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin has ordered Google to turn over actor Jussie Smollett's private information including emails, photos, private messages, and other data from November 2018 to November 2019 as part of the special prosecutor's investigation.

One year ago, Smollett reported that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by Trump supporters in Chicago.

Upon further investigation, Chicago police concluded that the actor staged the attack and charged him with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. The charges were later dropped in exchange for community service and a $10,000 bond payment.

As the city filed a lawsuit against Smollett to recoup the $130,000 spent on the actor's false claim, Smollett submitted a counterclaim accusing the city authorities of ignoring vital information during its investigation.